Still, none of the problems were so big that dessert couldn't save them. Mercado's peanut butter pie ($6 per slice) deserves a permanent spot on each of the restaurant's coffee tables. Creamy and moist with just enough nutty flavor to send it into savory territory, that slice was comforting enough to keep us planted in those chairs for the rest of the night.

In fact, we spent a good five hours in our seats, bullshitting about astrology and chuckling at Lord Russ. Most of the other customers stayed as long as we did. With turnover this low and prices so reasonable, it's a wonder Mercado can continue to make money on the food. Not to mention the casual approach to service may be a little more laissez faire than most diners are used to.

Luckily, the bar scene is vibrant and the beer list has plenty of interesting bottles from breweries like Rogue and Avery. And a list of inexpensive wines coupled with some underproof cocktails (at least until the place gets its full liquor license in October) manage to keep people drinking.

Baked Brie puff pastry drizzled with raspberry sauce.
Candace West
Baked Brie puff pastry drizzled with raspberry sauce.

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The Living Room

1709 N. Congress Ave.
Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Category: Restaurant > Comfort Foods

Region: Boynton Beach

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The Living Room, 1709 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach. Open for dinner 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Call 561-742-4399.

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